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FCT 20110525-10 - IFI Building Integration - Integrating Community Organisations - Martin McDonald RDC

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FCT 20110525-10 - IFI Building Integration - Integrating Community Organisations - Martin McDonald RDC

  1. 1. Integrating Communities Programme
  2. 2. Programme of training, support and mentoring for community organisations seeking to engage in cross border and/or cross community activities
  3. 3. Programme Aims <ul><li>Increase the capacity and confidence of unionist and </li></ul><ul><li>nationalist communities to work together </li></ul><ul><li>• Foster and develop relationships within and between </li></ul><ul><li>communities </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage sustainable partnership working and promote continued reconciliation and peace building activities </li></ul><ul><li>• Be a catalyst for groups to engage in partnerships and take decisive action towards new and innovative programmes or projects which will benefit the community </li></ul>
  4. 4. Case Study <ul><li>Dennett Interchange Ltd in partnership with Learmount Community Development Group </li></ul><ul><li>The Community Cohesion project is providing a range of community development activities and training within the villages of Donemana and Park to help build community cohesion and ultimately reconciliation between both communities. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Project Logo
  6. 6. Dennett Project Activities <ul><li>Joint steering committee established </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity building to enable participation </li></ul><ul><li>History sessions to explore divided past </li></ul><ul><li>Music/Dance used to promote understanding of each culture </li></ul><ul><li>Building Respect programme </li></ul><ul><li>Training and Education programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Networking activities </li></ul>
  7. 7. Dennett Project <ul><li>Constructive steps to build upon their initial relationship </li></ul><ul><li>Project will create opportunities for future networking and dialogue </li></ul><ul><li>Activities will impact on mutual understanding and reconciliation across all age groups and gender </li></ul><ul><li>Strong peace building/ reconciliation focus throughout all elements </li></ul>
  8. 8. Evaluation “ This programme has been a watershed for us” “ The willingness was there but without the project there wouldn’t be life to it” “ You have to put yourself out of your comfort zone at times, and it is challenging work” “ I ’ m incredibly proud of what we ’ ve achieved ” “ I never thought in my lifetime I would see participation in [the others’] religious events locally, I am glad to see the day people can feel comfortable to attend”

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